Director of the Office of the Arts

Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, Georgia

Job Category: Executive Management

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: February 27, 2019

About Our Organization

Georgia Tech, has a student population of more than 25,000; approximately two-thirds are undergraduates and one-third are graduate students. Nearly 1,000 full-time faculty members teach in the Institute’s six colleges: Business, Design, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Sciences. Founded in 1885, Georgia Tech is in the heart of Atlanta — known as Midtown — with a campus of 400 acres. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Institute offers many nationally recognized programs and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading public universities. More information on Georgia Tech can be found on their website at www.gatech.edu.

Job Summary

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA invites qualified candidates to submit applications to become its next Director of the Office of the Arts. The Director of the Office of the Arts will exercise overall responsibility for Arts@Tech programming, operation and financial performance. This talented connector will creatively bring together technology and arts in new ways that support the overall vision of Georgia Tech and be an ambassador to the greater Atlanta community. The Director will have a dual reporting structure as a direct report to the Vice President for Student Life and a dotted line report to the Provost. This position will potentially include a non-tenured faculty appointment in an appropriate role based on the expertise and experience of qualified candidates. 

Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Arts@Tech’s artistic direction and programming vision, and for helping ensure that the institution serves its mission to create, present and produce work at the intersection of Science, Engineering, Art, Design and Technology.

  • Strategic planning, implementation, facility management, and facilitating and growing key programs and initiatives for the Office of the Arts.

  • Serve as a key connector between campus academic life and the role of the Office of the Arts in shaping a foundational experience for Georgia Tech’s students that includes access and interaction with the arts.

  • Work closely with Colleges, Schools and departments to support their work and integrate the Office of the Arts’ activities with the work of these units in an intentional way highlighting the intersectionality of the Arts and STEM.

  • Work to ensure that the Arts@Tech presenting program contains appropriate and suitable academic connections to stimulate and encourage interest and participation from across campus, focusing on students and faculty engagement.

  • Explore programmatic and academic connections in other colleges and universities – Virginia Tech, MIT, Stanford, ASU, Michigan, etc. - as models for the Office of the Arts’ long-term vision and mission.

  • Develop new relationships within the greater Atlanta area that broaden the impact of Arts@Tech programming and bring increased awareness and support to Office of the Arts’ efforts.

  • Conceptualize, lead and help ensure collaborations between various departments across the campus and within the Divisions of Student Life and Campus Services.

  • Establish and manage the Office of the Arts annual operating budget

  • Work with the Institute’s Development office, create and oversee an appropriate level of fundraising and sponsorship support for the Office of the Arts.

  • In partnership with the Provost's Office and Development Office, develop, manage and steward the Arts Advisory Board and Council of the Arts and work closely with the Advisory Board's Arts Acquisition Committee.

The Director should have proven leadership, artistic, educational, financial and management experience, including:

  • Broad knowledge of and experience with creating engagement platforms and curriculum, preferably in a college or university setting, that focus on utilizing the arts to provoke deep learning with students and faculty.

  • Broad knowledge of and familiarity with local, national and international performing arts, artists, creatives, makers and technologists who work at the intersection of Science, Engineering, Art, Design and Technology.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to develop and sustain teams, set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.

  • Innovator and leader in the performing arts field with significant experience integrating arts and creative practice into a STEM-based curriculum, preferably in a college or university setting.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; adept at public speaking to diverse audiences in a variety of academic, business, and social settings.

  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, student-centered, entrepreneur, adaptable, innovative and self-directed.

  • Demonstrated experience in the development of innovative programs and projects, both artistic and academic with a commitment to the intersection of arts and technology.

  • Demonstrated commitment in supporting Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility.

  • Strong collaboration and negotiation skills with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

  • Experience with and enthusiasm for fundraising.

  • Demonstrated experience with Board development and stewardship.

  • Understanding of venue / facility management.

  • College degree required; master’s degree (or higher) in arts, business or technology preferred.

The following personal attributes will also be considered important to the Committee:

  • An active and energetic mind and demeanor.

  • Deep commitment to education and a passion for working in a learning environment.

  • Ability to work effectively in a higher education institution.

  • An appreciation of and commitment to the values and ideals presented in the Georgia Tech Strategic plan (https://www.gatech.edu/about/strategic-plan)

  • A great interest in technology and its positive applications for connectivity and innovation.

  • Ability to derive deep satisfaction from facilitating the best work of others.

How to Apply

Georgia Tech has engaged Management Consultants for the Arts to lead this search, and interested candidates may apply for this position by visiting this link: https://mcaonline.com/searches/director-office-of-arts-georgia-tech